Wellness - General Health | 0-1 yrs

Benefits Of Breast Milk For Infants

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The benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk are truly immense. “I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding and I encourage women to do it; It's just so good for the baby and good for yourself,” said Beyoncé. “I stay healthy by working out but not dieting, because I am a milk machine,” said Gwenyth Paltrow. Though these starlet moms’ lifestyle is much different than yours, what they say is true indeed.

“Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat -- everything your baby needs to grow. And it's all provided in a form that could be more easily digested than infant formula,” quotes an article in WebMD. According to this article, “Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies.”

But the numerous benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk extend well beyond basic nutrition. According to a story in authoritynutrition.com, breast milk may make your child smarter. “Breastfeeding may affect your baby’s brain development and reduce the risk of future behaviour and learning problems.”

The greatest thing about breast milk is that, it is beneficial not just on the receiving end, but also for the producer and giver of the milk. Breastfeeding mothers tend to lose pregnancy weight faster and are less likely to get depressed. Also, it has been linked to a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers, and several other diseases.

If you are still contemplating on whether to breastfeed your child or not, skim through this ClipBook to learn more about the benefits of breast milk,and make an informed decision.

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